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The findinqs seem to indicate that females tend to ex-
perience incest as a violation not only of self, but of their
relational network. Female victims perceive themselves as
connected to others and to make decisions based on what they
believe will maintain the harmony and the relationship. Their
emotional damage is to their personhood, their confidence in
their relational network, and anxiety over their own lack of
ability to keep everyone happy.
For many male victims, incest is experienced as a vio-
lation of the self and of their stable power structure.
Because many male victims tend to perceive themselves as sep-
arate and to make decisions based on what the role or rule
dictates, their emotional damage is to their sense of potency
and reinforces their fear of intimacy.
Although the findings of the study are limited, gender
specific trends toward reaction patterns did emerge. Limi-
tations of the study are discussed and recommendations are
made for future research.
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Marten, Linda M. (Linda Mae). Gender Specific Reactions to Incest, dissertation, May 1985; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc331429/m1/4/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .